Nonessential businesses in Massachusetts will stay closed until May 18, Gov. Charlie Baker announced today at a news conference.
“We are extending the timeline for all nonessential businesses to keep the physical workplaces and facilities closed to all workers, customers and the public until May 18, and the state-at-home advisory also remains in place during this time," Baker said.
Baker said the ban on gatherings of 10 or more people will also be extended until May 18.
“I know pushing these dates back a couple of weeks is probably not what many people want to hear," he said.
In the meantime, the state is forming a reopening advisory board to create a phased plan.
The state's lieutenant governor and the secretary of housing and economic development will lead the board, the governor announced.
The advisory board has been asked to produced their plan by May 18.